Saturn Ransomware: What You Need To Know
With the advent of various new technologies revolutionizing the world, there comes a certain risk of virus attacks, malware infections, and everything that harms your device and degrades your experience. Unfortunately, as much we hate it, people are working on creating new ways of making things harder for others.
However, in cohesion with them, we have teams like MalwareHunterTeam that stay up for days and nights to ensure we’re able to fight against all kinds of threats. They recently discovered a new ransomware called Saturn that encrypts files on a computer and then appends a‘.saturn’ extension to the file’s name. It has been actively distributed, but no one’s able to find the methods used to distribute it.
Everyone around the world is working on decrypting this ransomware and trying to find its weakness. However, before getting all scared and worried, know that you can count on QuadraNet to take care of this issue for you. Just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.
What is Saturn Ransomware?
Basically, Saturn is a type of ransomware virus that infiltrates Windows servers, encrypts the stored data and makes ransom demands. As it is stated in the previous context, Saturn appends the file’s name with .saturn extension (Example: ‘ABC.jpg’ changes to ‘ABC.jpg.saturn’). After this point, Saturn restricts the users to access the file rendering the file unusable.
After successfully encrypting the files, it further creates five files:
‘#DECRYPT_MY_FILES.BMP’ (also set as desktop wallpaper),
Saturn then places these files on the desktop of the device. Note that the HTML, TXT and BMP files contain ransom-demand messages.
Text Ransom Note
Source: Bleeping Computer
Source: Bleeping Computer
Following this encryption, the ransomware follows up with the method of getting your files back by providing a bunch of instructions. Evidently, Saturn is stipulated as a RaaS (Ransomware as a Service). Moreover, this ransomware is available to download for free on the dark web, further increasing its chances of it being used on a large scale. RaaS providers use a technique known as cryptoviral extortion which means that they demand a fee in advance to decipher the ransomware and get your files back to normal.
It has been reported that Saturn’s developers are paying 70% of the submitted ransom payments to the distributors and keeping the rest with them. The cost of decryption is $300 in Bitcoins. However, the number doubles after the first seven days, and the corrupted files are deleted permanently after one month.
Upload Key Page
Source: Bleeping Computer
All this leads to a prolific revenue-generating model that allows developers to earn money easily without putting any effort in distributing the ransomware. Third parties do the hard work for them and they get easy money for it. If you reach this point, we can’t aid you in getting your files back as of now. However, we can definitely make sure that your Windows Device is fully ready to deal with Saturn ransomware.
Effects of Saturn Ransomware
Saturn Ransomware is spreading across the world, and might end up surpassing the WannaCry ransomware attack that wrecked havoc last year. As usual, it is most popularly found in spam emails, fake software update tools, trojans and third party software download sources. Therefore, it is recommended to stay at high alert to avoid the Saturn ransomware from encrypting your device files.
It initially takes over the whole functioning of the device. With high precision, it executes a command that disables the function of Window Repair. It clears Windows backup catalog with a single command and then encrypts the file by adding ‘.saturn’ extension to it.
Saturn Ransomware also deletes the volume shadow copies, in turn restricting the user from recovering their data on its own. Furthermore, there is no expert in the world that can tell you how to decrypt this infected data. This ends up with you relying on the attackers to feed the encryption key to you in order to revive your files. On a side note, it also carries the risk of file and data misuse that can lead you towards experiencing unimaginable hardships.
The conservative users will not hold back and willingly pay the attackers to get their file back. However, this does not end well here as attackers might save a copy of your file and use it against you in the future. This makes it essential to ensure that your device stays away from this ransomware. This ransomware is a pawn of the dark web that exploits your privacy and demands you to pay a price for getting it back.
How Can QuadraNet protect you?
Regardless of the complexity of the Saturn ransomware, QuadraNet can help you in ensuring that it does not affect your experience. Our Server Management services can monitor your Windows servers 24/7 throughout the day. If your server encounters any problem, we’ll take care of it for you without asking you to communicate with us or having to explain the problem in detail.
Moreover, you can contact us for Backup & Restoration assistance anytime whenever you want. On the security front, QuadraNet’s server management services protects your servers from virus attacks via its clamav antivirus and much more security hardening tools.
Apart from our assistance, we strongly advise you to practice these security habits:
- Do not open spam email attachments (or any attachment from an unknown sender)
- Backup, Backup, and Backup – They save files and money too (during such attacks).
- Use tough passwords that are hard to guess, and please don’t reuse old passwords.
No matter what the complications are, we’ll be there for you. Saturn ransomware is an attack that hits back at your privacy rights and makes an unusual demand to restore a file that you owned in the first place. Despite not being able to help the victims, our team will work hard to make sure your server stays away from all sorts of danger.